Firm Profile > Cohen & Gresser LLP > New York, United States

Cohen & Gresser LLP
NEW YORK 10022
United States

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Praised for its ability to 'run circles around many large-firm peers'Cohen & Gresser LLP stands out for representing corporates in a variety of regulatory, investigative and criminal defense matters, although it also takes on significant individual representations. The group, which comprises veterans of their field, has expertise in the spectrum of white-collar matters, including FCPA violations, market manipulation, securities fraud, insider trading, public corruption and money laundering investigations. Founding partner Mark Cohen leads the group from New York, where he is supported by FCPA expert Jonathan Abernethy. Also in New York, S. Gale Dick is noted for regulatory matters and internal investigations. Melissa Maxman is managing partner of the Washington DC office, and is an seasoned trial lawyer, with RICO and environmental law expertise. Maxman was joined in Washington DC by of counsel Miriam González Durántez from Dechert LLP in January 2019, who is a trade and sanctions specialist.

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Cohen & Gresser is experienced in corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense and is staffed by efficient lawyers in its different offices.

They routinely handle the most sensitive white collar matters and do so with leanly staffed teams that take advantage of their backgrounds and experience to serve the client’s interests.

Mark Cohen and Jon Abernethy are very sharp, strategic lawyers. Quick study in a nimble small firm setting. I think they run circles around many of the large-firm peers.

Mark Cohen is a great strategist, careful & contemplative; Jonathan Abernathy is smart, experienced & persuasive; Chris Everdell is thorough, thoughtful and trustworthy.’

‘S. Gale Dick is very thorough and efficient, taking into account the expectations of corporations thorough an excellent sense of strategy. His professional skills are outstanding. He shows great team spirit and he is experimented in all aspects of white collar crime.’

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Cohen & Gresser LLP in New York has a team of nine partners who spend a significant proportion of their time handling securities litigation. The firm 'does extremely high-quality work' thanks to 'superb litigators who have substantial experience trying complex cases'. Well-versed in all aspects of securities, shareholder, and derivative litigation, the firm has in-depth knowledge of of complex financial products. As a result, it frequently defends broker-dealers, investment advisors, hedge funds, and private equity funds in securities litigation and FINRA arbitrations. Many of its civil securities litigation partners also handle regulatory matters for clients in the financial sector. 'Outstanding trial lawyer and strategist' Mark Cohen and Lawrence Gresser are the practice heads. Nathaniel Read, the 'bright, attentive and creative' Daniel Tabak, the 'smart, practical' Gale Dick and the 'technically excellent, very responsive' Stephen Sinaiko are all highly praised by clients.

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We work with Dan Tabak and he is bright, attentive, creative, a great partner, and reasonably priced for a New York firm.

The Cohen & Gresser team does extremely high quality work. They are superb litigators who have substantial experience trying complex cases. They are unique in that there are no other firms of their size with their talent, experience, and deep knowledge of the securities laws.

Mark Cohen is an outstanding trial lawyer and strategist who has excellent judgment. Nate Reid is very thoughtful and an all-around fine advocate.

Cohen & Gresser has a deep and experienced bench – unlike many of its peers it has lots of people with real experience trying and arbitrating cases to final award. They are also cost-efficient.

Mark Cohen is the complete package. He is highly intelligent and strategic, great on his feet, has outstanding judgment and instincts, a calming and reassuring presence as a counselor, and is appropriately aggressive and tough when and as needed. Nate Read also deserves mention as a well-rounded litigator and steady presence.

Gale Dick and his team are smart, practical and easy to work with. We frequently consult and collaborate with them on high profile securities cases.

I was involved in a difficult and complex case. My company was the client. Stephen Sinaiko was the lead person who acted for us. I found him to be technically excellent, very responsive and he was businesslike with a “can do” approach. I am a big fan of Mr. Sinaiko. Anyone who hires him will not be disappointed.

They are a strong team. Mark Cohen is someone I have worked with a lot and he’s excellent. They are very smart, commercial and excellent with clients.

Cohen & Gresser acted as counsel for an issuer in a derivative securities action in which my firm represented a plaintiff shareholder. The defendants were hedge fund investors in the issuer. Daniel H. Tabak had primary responsibility for representation of the issuer in the litigation through a mediation settlement. He was instrumental in obtaining the parties’ commitment to mediate. He then took a leading role in the mediation to negotiate a settlement. The result was a substantial award for the issuer.  Dan Tabak’s contributions in the mediation reflected an in-depth knowledge and sophistication of  the securities law issues in dispute, as well as an ability to effectively work with all parties in the case.

It is my firm view that Daniel Tabak brings extensive capabilities and experience in securities defense work.  I have been a plaintiff’s attorney in security litigation matters for nearly 40 years. Cohen & Gresser is viewed by the plaintiff’s bar as having a very capable securities litigation defense practice in dispute resolution.

It has great depth of knowledge and sophistication even though it is a relatively small firm.

Larry Gresser, Nate Read, Dan Tabak and Scott Thomson all stand out for their knowledge of the securities laws as well as the business practices of the industry.

Key clients

Airplanes Limited

Fidelity Brokerage


Goldman Sachs

Winged Foot Holdings


Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

The 'highly talented' litigation team at Cohen & Gresser LLP regularly handles complex commercial disputes up to appellate level for clients from a variety of industries. Among its key litigators, Mark Cohen, praised as 'the complete package', is a decorated trial lawyer, the 'whip-smartLawrence Gresser brings expertise in class action disputes, and Nathaniel Read is highly experienced in business disputes. In work for a market-leading client, Gresser is defending Goldman Sachs in a case alleging a group boycott among major investment banks. Elsewhere, Gale Dick is representing Bridgewood Capital in a trademark dispute with cross-border elements in Latin America. Melissa Maxman in the DC office won a significant antitrust victory; on behalf of Höegh Autoliners she obtained dismissal of all price fixing and bid rigging allegations.

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Highly talented team focused singularly on dispute resolution and litigation. A go-to firm for managing complex disputes.

Melissa Maxman is a superb counselor to businesses, provides practical, business-oriented advice on resolving disputes, strategizing through complex situations, and with a special focus on antitrust counseling. Brilliant thinker and lawyer.’

Mark Spatz is a very insightful and diligent lawyer.’

C&G provides very hands-on advice and is well-connected and can provide not only legal advice but also more strategic advice, which is very useful. The firm also promotes women, which is a selling point in itself.

Melissa Maxman and Danielle Morello are both well-equipped to handle large disputes with international dimensions in a personable and efficient manner.

We have partnered with Cohen & Gresser for more than 10 years. They understand our business needs in-depth, they are highly responsive, the quality of the work is always excellent, and our business relies heavily on their counsel. They have been very successful for us in litigation matters.

We work closely with Nate Read. Not only a pleasure to work with, Nate is intelligent, astute and delivers stellar work in litigation, counseling, and negotiation. Nate is not only the attorney who we rely upon the most, he is truly a trusted advisor and a tremendous asset to the business. Nate’s work has been instrumental in key litigation matters, enabling our products to have an unparalleled record of success in the courts.

Very experienced and talented litigators who really know their way around a courtroom. Their capability to be trial-ready and go to trial is a great asset. They also have done a great job in recruiting very senior and prominent women partners, especially for their regulatory work.

Nate Read is a standout partner whose talents range from investigations to litigation especially in the areas of structured finance and complex contract disputes. He is a great advocate with a gift for simplifying complex matters and driving successful outcomes over the finish line.

Lean teams of competent and hardworking attorneys who provide solid work and advice.

Strong comprehension of the legal issues and precedents with a common sense approach around the specific situation.

Cohen & Gresser has a deep and experienced bench – unlike many of its peers it has lots of people with real experience trying and arbitrating cases to final award. They are also cost-efficient.

Mark Cohen is the complete package. He is highly intelligent and strategic, great on his feet, has outstanding judgment and instincts, a calming and reassuring presence as a counselor, and is appropriately aggressive and tough when and as needed. Larry Gresser is also whip smart and an old school renaissance lawyer who can do it all; he’s a true consigliere and the person you’d want in your fox hole in any kind of fight. Nate Read also deserves mention as a well-rounded litigator and steady presence.

Able to handle matters in a cost-effective manner, they are smart, sophisticated and commercially-savvy lawyers capable of effectively litigating complex matters.

I have worked closely with Dan Tabak. He is incredibly smart and has a unique ability to quickly get up to speed on a complicated set of legal and factual issues. He is a tenacious advocate for his clients but always litigates within the bounds of professionalism.

Key clients

Bridgewood Capital

Fidelity Brokerage Services

Goldman Sachs

HRG Group

Höegh Autoliners

MidOcean US Advisor

Terry Bollea (Hulk Hogan)

totes Isotoner

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York


Cohen & Gresser is an international law firm with offices in New York, Paris, Washington, D.C., and London. The firm represents clients in complex litigation, investigations, and corporate transactions, and its clients include major financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies across a broad spectrum of industries throughout the world. Cohen & Gresser has litigated and negotiated against some of the largest law firms in the world and has an outstanding record of success in high-stakes and high-profile engagements.

Main areas of practice
Corporate: C&G assists clients in a wide range of corporate matters, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital financing, fund formation, corporate governance, and securities law compliance. The firm’s attorneys represent public companies, early-stage and late-stage private companies, venture capital and private equity funds, hedge funds, and investment banks. C&G attorneys also serve as outside general counsel to a number of privately held companies.

Employment: The firm’s employment attorneys represent employers and executives in a variety of litigation and counseling matters. Its lawyers have significant experience in counseling international clients, employers, and top managers/executives, as well as representing them in litigation relating to various employment and labor-related issues.

Intellectual property and technology: C&G handles a wide range of intellectual property and technology matters. The firm’s litigators have experience in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition litigation and advise clients on internet privacy issues, data security, and technology law. Its transactional lawyers protect its clients’ patents, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, and trade secrets; manage trademark portfolios, and negotiate and draft a wide range of licensing and technology-related agreements.

Litigation and arbitration: C&G handles major cases in federal and state courts, before government agencies, and in a variety of domestic and international arbitration settings. The firm has substantial experience in antitrust and unfair competition, bankruptcy litigation and counseling, class action defense, commercial litigation, directors and officers litigation, employment, healthcare litigation, partnership disputes, products liability, real estate litigation, and securities law.

Privacy and data security: C&G’s global privacy, data protection, and data security attorneys advise clients on a broad range of privacy and data protection matters, including developing and implementing privacy policies and procedures, privacy-related litigation, regulatory investigations, global compliance, cross-border data transfers, website terms and conditions, social media and other new information technologies, cybersecurity and network intrusion issues, and contractual matters involving privacy and security.

Tax: C&G’s tax lawyers work together as an integrated team. The firm’s practice is international in scope and serves a wide and diversified client base, ranging from individuals to multinational corporations. Through a business-oriented approach and core understanding of clients’ transactions, C&G efficiently assists clients in reaching their goals.

Real estate: C&G’s real estate group regularly advises clients on all aspects of real estate transactions, including issues involving tax, joint venture and operating agreements, mortgage and mezzanine loan financing, construction agreements, intellectual property, and emerging technologies such as blockchain and digital currencies. They also have extensive experience representing clients in real estate disputes, including those involving breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract claims.

White-collar defense and regulation: C&G regularly represents clients in a wide variety of investigations, including market manipulation, securities fraud, insider trading, corruption/bribery, money laundering, OFAC, and FCPA investigations. Members of its cross-border team advise on major corporate internal investigations and handle proceedings before and in cooperation with a number of global regulatory bodies, including the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in the U.K.; the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the U.S.; and the French financial market authority (AMF), Banking Authority (ACPR), and financial prosecutor (PNF).

Number of Partners : 28
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 50
Other Staff : 40
Managing Partner - Global : Lawrence Gresser
Managing Partner - New York : Mark Cohen
Managing Partner - Washington, DC : Melissa Maxman
Other Offices : Paris
Other Offices : Washington, DC
Other Offices : London